The Race to 70.3 Worlds begins...
On Saturday March 28th, Michael Weiss will race Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, his first qualifying event for the 70.3 World Championships held for the first time in his home country, Austria.
The early season Ironman half-distance features a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run on the coast of California.
Michael earned a podium 3rd place here in 2011 behind Andy Potts and Rasmus Henning and posted the fastest bike split. "It's always nice when you return to a place where one has already celebrated successes,” Weiss adds.
Oceanside's record-holding champion, Andy Potts (5 wins) is also on Saturday's start list, along with defending champion, Jan Frodeno from Germany, the Swiss Ronnie Schildknecht and two Canadian talents, Brent McMahon and Lionel Sanders.
"I expect a serious battle for the top places,” Michael comments. "The depth of experience in this field is always incredible and has continued to grow in recent years. I have been training hard and smart over the winter in Italy and am excited to be back racing in the USA. I'm ready to fight from the first to the last meter and play my strengths on this challenging course with Zell am See inspiration. The 70.3 World Championships in my home and Ironman World Championships in Hawaii are the big highlights of the year for me."
The race will start at 6:40am PST and can be followed on www.ironmanLive.com.